Vivian A. Chaney

July 3, 1925July 30, 2018

Vivian Austin Chaney, of Austin-Chaney Rd. Wingate, NC died at Brookdale- Monroe Square 2 in Monroe, NC on July 30, 2018.

Vivian was born July 3, 1925 on the family farm In the Hamilton’s Crossroads community of Union County, the sixth child of the late Fulton A. Austin and Mary Allen Austin. She graduated from Fairfield Elementary School and Marshville High School. During WWII, she trained in the Cadet Nurse Corps in Shelby, NC and Washington, DC. She became a registered nurse in 1946, and also completed a course as a laboratory technician in Asheville, NC. In 1949, she moved to Little Rock, Arkansas and married Dr. C.Y. Washburn of Shelby, NC and later Cabot, Arkansas. When their marriage ended in 1952, Vivian and her son Dennis returned to NC.

Vivian worked at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte and Union Memorial Hospital in Monroe. She also spent many hours helping her aging parents. In 1954, she married Max W. Chaney of Wingate. The following year, their daughter Karen was born. In addition to being a homemaker, Vivian continued to work at Union Memorial Hospital, serving as both assistant director and director of nursing. She also worked for many years as an office nurse for the late Dr. E.F. Hamer of Monroe. After retirement, she worked part-time as a nurse for Hospice of Union County.

Although family and employment occupied most of her time for many years, she also found time for other activities. Vivian was active in Wingate United Methodist Church over many years, serving as a youth leader, member of the Church Council, and church delegate to Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska. She also had hobbies of a greenhouse, flower and vegetable gardening, home canning, baking, genealogy, and crossword puzzles. She was frequently called upon by family and neighbors for minor medical emergencies and home care. Vivian also spent a great deal of time in retirement babysitting her three grand-children and caring for her husband Max.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, five siblings, husband Max W. Chaney and a grandson Jonathan Washburn. She is survived by her son Dennis Washburn of Indian Trail, NC, her daughter Karen Thomas of Vass, NC, a granddaughter Emily T. Pelaez, a grandson James Washburn, two great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. Memorials may be made to Wingate United Methodist Church, Hospice, or the Alzheimer’s Foundation.


  • Visitation Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, August 4, 2018

Vivian A. Chaney

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Nancy McCoy Duncan

August 13, 2018

My memories of " Mrs. Chaney" are clear and vivid. Growing up, although having to go visit Dr. Hamer's office was when we were most ill, knowing "Mrs. Chaney" would be there was a comfort. Her gentle way of taking care and making the experience not so scary will stay with me forever. I can close my eyes ad see her in her white nurses dress, white stockings, white shoes, and that classic nurses cap now. Her smile, even when she was bringing in the penicillin shot, made it all better. She made quite an impression on me; I am grateful to have known such a special woman.

Dennis Washburn

August 6, 2018

The family expresses thanks to all those who have extended their thoughts and prayers through this site, phone calls, emails, visits, going by the funeral home and attending the funeral. Your kind words, memories and presence have helped us in this time of loss. May God bless you all.

Ronnie Blanchard

August 5, 2018

Mrs. Chaney was a sweetheart!!
She would always help calm me down (hold me down) before Dr. Hamer would give me a shot.
She was an awesome nurse!!

God Bless To The Family!!

Rev. Ronnie Blanchard

Elizabeth Walters

August 2, 2018

Our family enjoyed worshiping together at WUMC , such sweet memories! Oran and Annie Pigg were the best of friends. We send our love and prayers for your dear family!
Elizabeth P. Walters

Mary Riggins

August 2, 2018

Karen and family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Working
with her at Dr. Hamer's office was such a pleasure. I will always treasure those memories. Thinking of you all and will keep you in my prayers.
Mary Riggins

Brenda Hinson Hartis

August 1, 2018

I always enjoyed visiting Mr. and Mrs. Chaney. My parents thought so much of the friendship they shared. Sending our love to you all.

(The Family of Joe and Alene Hinson)

Lynn Hamilton Trexler

July 31, 2018

Mrs. Chaney always gave me allergy shots at Dr. Hamer's office. She was always smiling and uplifting. We have truly lost a wonderful human being. Dennis, Liz and James, you all have my sympathy during this difficult time.